Gothamist was at Gracious Home the other weekend and we saw a pre-made Go Bag. Yes, an orange backpack filled with packs of water, flashlight, poncho (we think), etc., so in case of an emergency event, you'll be ready to go. It retailed for somewhere around $30, and we must admit, we were tempted for a few moments. Then we realized that we could make our own! Manhattan User's Guide thoughtfully listed what you need in your Go Bag recently, and the city has been touting Go Bags on one of the Office of Emergency Management pages for a while. But if you're still at a loss, or have a jones being prepared for the possibly unpreparable, the OEM is having Ready NY Nights with the Red Cross, with breakout session where you can learn how to develop a disaster plan, how to assemble your Go Bag, and what you can do to get involved. There will be an "interactive" presentation in each of the five boroughs, starting with a session tonight in Manhattan at Hunter College; there will also be a Blood Mobile so you can really interact.

The City has launched their Ready New York campaign last year. And pre-made Go Bags have been around for a while.